"Almost 50 million Americans have a disability and nearly half of these people are impaired in their ability to participate in routine activities of daily living such as dressing, toileting, cooking, housekeeping, and child care. Although there are many differences among the population of disabled people, recent improvements in medical care and technological advancements in adaptive and assistive aids are helping people with disabilities live fuller, more personally satisfying lives."
"The Disabilities Sourcebook contains descriptions of major disabilities, including arthritis, blindness, deafness, quadriplegia, paraplegia, chronic pain, and others. It provides information about related assistive and adaptive aids. There is information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other financial and legal issues faced by disabled people and those who care for them. A section on employment and workplace issues is provided
In addition, a glossary and chapters about various resources offer for further help and information."--Jacket
Includes bibliographical references and index
pt. 1. People with disabilities -- pt. 2. Major causes of disabilities : Targeting arthritis-- the nation's leading cause of disability -- Coping with arthritis in its many forms -- What do do when your back is in pain -- Managing life with chronic pain -- Paraplegia and quadriplegia -- Multiple sclerosis -- Cerebral palsy -- Aging and cerebral palsy -- Diabetes -- Amputation -- Visual impairments -- Deafness and hearing impairment -- Deaf-blindness -- pt. 3. Assistive and adaptive aids -- pt. 4. Employment and workplace issues -- pt. 5. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other legal and financial issues -- pt. 6. Additional help and information